Now We Know Why Borderlands 2 Isn’t On Wii U
Just in case you were curious why Borderlands 2 isn’t on Wii U – I said just in case, I didn’t say you actually were – now there’s an answer. Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford has explained the omission politely, essentially boiling it down to the fact that they couldn’t figure out how to make use of Wii U’s unique features in a way that made a Wii U version make sense.
“We get asked if there is going to be a Wii U version of Borderlands,” he said, “and the reason why there’s not is because we couldn’t think of a natural, obvious, ‘OMG, I want that for what the Wii U brings to the table’ feature.” As Eurogame notes, this is a slightly different explanation for why there’s no Wii U version of Borderlands 2. Last summer, Pitchford told Dealspwn that the only good games on Wii were games made by Nintendo, and he expected the same from Wii U:
We really like the Wii U, I think it’s a really cool platform,. I like what they’re doing – obviously with the touchscreen – and it will be interesting to see what Microsoft do with their approach to that idea. It’s one of those problems of the Wii: the only people who have ever made a lot of money on the Wii is Nintendo.
I take this to mean that he thinks Borderlands 2 would suck with that tablet controller and Wiimote, and I’m sticking to that story. Well, maybe not “suck”, but it’s definitely the controls, as evidenced by his justification for why Aliens: Colonial Marines will be on Wii U:
“[W]ith Aliens, the first thing we thought was ‘Holy sh*t, I can have a motion controller in my hands!’. When it’s there in my lap it feels like I’m part of the movie.
So what do you think? Would you like to see a Wii U version? Will you even get a Wii U? Let us know.